Fw: River cleanup May 18, 2014
- On Friday, May 9, 2014 8:59 AM, Chuck Julian <chuck.julian@...> wrote:
Headwaters Trails will be having a river cleanup on Sunday May 18, 2014.
We will meet at Waterworks Park in Holly, at 9:00 am and hope to be
off the river around 1:00. From there, we will spot cars in Strom Park
and move down to Fish Lake Road for the start. The reason for this is
that the water is high right now and both the tubes under the railroad
tracks and the Academy Foot Bridge will be problems between WW Park and
Fish Lake Road. We will do that stretch on Sunday June 1, 2014, meeting
at the same spot.
The only report I have on the river is that it is quite blocked up with
trees and branches. Please bring your clippers, saws and trash grabbing
tongs if you have them. I will bring two chainsaws, a cooler full of
drinks and cables to anchor logs to the banks.
If you are coming, please let me know. You can call my house at
248-634-3513, or just reply to this email. If you have extra room for
another passenger, please let me know. There are several people who
come, who do not have boats. It is best if you have a canoe or rowboat,
because those can haul equipment down the river and trash out. If not,
a kayak will do. If you do not have a boat, let me know and I will try
to arrange a ride in one of the boats. I am bringing a rowboat, so I
need one other person to help paddle it. I personally often have
trouble carrying all of my equipment, so if you have room, I may want
you to carry some of it. You will need a boat to get across the Fenton
Mill Pond and Haddon Lake. If you bring a rowboat, a trolling motor
might be nice to help you get across the Fenton Mill Pond. We generally
find that it is easiest to use kayak paddles with a rowboat when in the
river due to all the twists and turns and due to the narrowness of much
of the river.
Please wear shoes or boots with sturdy soles. A lot of dock boards have
floated down the river in years past and there are known to be nails and
broken glass on the bottom in places. It is a good idea to wear long
pants and a long sleeve shirt so that you don't get too scratched up by
branches. Gloves are a plus. I always wear a hat to keep the sun out
of my eyes. If you burn easily, you might want to bring sun screen. If
you plan to use a chain saw, glasses and ear plugs are a good idea. A
towel and dry clothes are a good idea for when we get out.
Our river cleanups use best management practices. This means that we do
not clear the river of all branches. Instead, when we need to cut, we
only cut enough to make the river passable. The branches that we do
cut, we anchor along the banks of the river as shore protection and fish
habitat. Check out the best management practices on our website at
We will have a short presentation of river safety and ask you to sign a
waiver before we go down the river. When we get out of the river, I
plan to treat all the participants to lunch at one of the local restaurants.
This should be a lot of fun, so let me know if you are able to make it.
- On Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:37 AM, Chuck Julian <chuck.julian@...> wrote:
The river cleanup scheduled for Sunday May 18, 2014 is cancelled. We
will still have the June 1, 2014 cleanup and I am adding Saturday June
7, 2014, with the Saturday cleanup meeting at Water Works Park at 5 pm.
The May 18th cleanup is cancelled because Greg Schovan and Nick Fournier
went down the river from Fish Lake Road to Strom Park, taking out 12
trees. Greg said that it would be a waste of time to go again, due to
the water being so high. He was able to float over anything else that
might be exposed by lower water.
I am adding a cleanup on Saturday June 7th, which is the day before the
adventure paddle. I work that day, so I am planning to meet people at
Water Works Park at 5 pm. If anyone else is able to schedule one
earlier in the day, that would be great and the 5 pm will not be needed,
but until someone else schedules such a cleanup, there is one scheduled
for 5 pm.